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Place your bets! Bookies reveal favourites to be next BBC political editor

10 July 2015

5:19 PM

10 July 2015

5:19 PM

Yesterday Nick Robinson confirmed reports that he is leaving his role as the BBC’s political editor to join the Today programme. Now the race is on to find a worthy successor. Helpfully Ladbrokes have released a rather intriguing list of favourites for the job.

Robinson’s deputy political editor James Landale is the favourite for the role at 5/2. David Cameron’s revelation to Landale that he wouldn’t ‘serve a third term’ if re-elected became one of the big stories of the elections. While this ought to win him favour upstairs, Landale has two problems: (a) he is not a woman (b) he is an Old Etonian. It’s thought that — in the interests of equality and diversity — Tony Hall is keen that a woman is given the plum job. If so, this might not even be an issue for Landale who is already a favourite to replace Tom Bradby as ITV’s political editor.

In terms of the fairer sex, internal candidates Laura Kuenssberg and Allegra Stratton are the frontrunners, while Channel 4’s Cathy Newman has also been touted as a replacement at 6/1. However, given that Newman made headlines earlier this year after having to apologise for tweeting that she had been ‘ushered’ out of a south London mosque, the corporation may well decide she is a bit risky. Mr S’s own colleague Isabel Hardman is being tipped as the outside bet, with her odds reduced from 33/1 to 16/1 after ‘shrewd media watchers took a punt on her chances’. However, Mr S can verify that as of 5pm this Friday her desk has not yet been cleared.

If Landale does go to ITV, and the BBC decide to go for a man, they may consider their economics editor Robert Peston — who has odds of 10/1 — after he was overlooked for the Newsnight role last year. Adam Boulton is an outside bet at 16/1 but given the BBC’s current financial situation, this is probably the wrong time for a big money external hire. Andrew Neil, whose odds are at 25/1, may not be the only member of his household in the running:

Or for a younger option, the New Statesman‘s Stephen Bush is at 33/1. Seriously, could Stephen Bush win?

Ladbrokes odds on next BBC Political Editor
5/2 James Landale
3/1 Laura Kuenssberg
4/1 Allegra Stratton
6/1 Cathy Newman
6/1 Lucy Manning
10/1 Robert Peston
10/1 Joey Jones
16/1 Adam Boulton
16/1 Isabel Hardman
20/1 Jo Coburn
20/1 Norman Smith
20/1 Tom Bradby
25/1 Kamal Ahmed
25/1 Emily Maitlis
25/1 Andrew Neil
25/1 Julie Etchingham
33/1 Stephen Bush
33/1 Ross Hawkins
33/1 Gary Gibbons
50/1 Jon Craig
50/1 Michael Crick
50/1 Giles Dilnot
50/1 Tom Newton-Dunn
50/1 Gary O’Donoghue
66/1 Kay Burley
66/1 Paul Mason
100/1 Ed Balls
100/1 Iain Dale
100/1 Dan Hodges

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